Our History

We share our story with you from start up to an established profitable business

Catherine Gannon, then a tax solicitor at a large US law firm, looks out from their ivory tower and spots a gap in the market.  This gap is the lack of high quality legal advice for entrepreneurs. Research quickly reveals that small businesses mainly generate the UK’s GNP. The opportunity has crystallised.
Our firm is up and trading as a paperless office: innovative for 2002. Our technology attracted sharp, experienced solicitors frustrated by the major firms’ practices, processes and politics.
Intellectual property team added.
Administration costs cut by 50%, due to technology investment and outsourcing strategy.
Alex Kleanthous join as first dispute resolution/litigation partner.
The corporate team manages its first £20 million+ company sale transaction.  Catherine Gannon and Helen Curtis lead.
Office extended: the growing team demands more space.
John Deane joins as a corporate partner.  The firm now comprises six partners across its core disciplines backed by a brilliant team.
Story so far
The original business vision remains.  Of course it was not initially plain sailing.  But, therein lies the foundation of our empathy with those braving the business world.

Core values

Our values make us what we are. They exist at the heart of everything we do:

Enable small and medium enterprises to access specialist solicitors.

We do not operate from fancy premises decked in glass and marble. Clients don’t pay for atriums. We keep our operating costs down. Our clients are sophisticated and unimpressed by swagger.

Draw out talent. Empower individuals to fulfill their potential.

From the junior of juniors to the managing partners, we encourage individual entrepreneurialism. We strip away the politics within most professional partnerships. We demolish barriers to success.

Understand new ideas, think creatively, find innovative solutions.

We listen and learn.  Everyday brings new knowledge and experience to pass onto clients.  The client’s business comes first. We match our legal advice to the business needs.


Without honesty you do not have lift off.

Centre for Entrepreneurs

We are proud sponsors of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, a non-profit think-tank aiming to address the “…under-representation of entrepreneurs in the public eye” and to “…promote entrepreneurship to government, media, the private sector (including big businesses) and the general public”.


Our strategy is simple:

  • Deliver results for our clients; and
  • Deliver the profits to attract and retain a top quality team.

Welcome to Gannons and we look forward to working with you.

Catherine Gannon personal statement

Catherine Gannon
Managing Partner

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